CORPORATE STRUCTURE

BRIAN HILL

Executive Director

Brian brings over 30 years of industry experience across multiple countries in base & precious metals, diamonds and iron ore. Brian’s most recent positions were as Executive Vice-President Sustainability & External Affairs and Chief Operating Officer for Newmont Mining Corporation.

JOHN PUMPHREY

President

John has been with North Coal since 2013, guiding the business from its initial days as a small, early-stage exploration company through to today’s position as an emerging hard coking coal producer. He has over 20 years of experience in the mining sector from a variety of roles both in oil sands operations and Elk Valley coal mines. John’s focus in the near future is to bring North Coal’s hard coking coal product to global markets to support the growing demand for steel.

BILL ARLING

Director of Environment

Bill brings over 20 years of experience in the mining sector to the company with significant experience in mine permitting and Environmental Assessment.

DAVID LESLIE

Manager of Engineering

David brings over 30 years of mine operations, mine planning and permitting, and project management experience to his role.
The majority of his operational experience was gained at several of the large open-pit coal mines in the Elk Valley. He has successfully managed the mine planning and permitting of several green-field coal projects as well as other projects in oil sands, aggregates, industrial minerals, diamonds, and copper-gold.
David has a solid technical and practical background in all aspects of mine engineering, a very good understanding of geological, geotechnical, environmental, and permitting issues, and believes in the critical importance of community and First Nations relationships.

NOVALEE REEVES

Controller

Novalee has been with North Coal since 2013. She brings over 20 years of accounting and finance experience to the company, ranging from financial institutions to mining companies.

ROBERT ‘STUBBY’ WILLIAMS

First Nations Coordinator

Robert brings decades of Ktunaxa knowledge and experience to the North Coal team. Robert is an active Ktunaxa Nation member residing in the ʔaq’am community with extensive experience in archaeology and cultural heritage.

TOBY STIER

Chief Geologist

Toby has been with North Coal since 2014, with a background in coal exploration, resource evaluation and coal quality. His work is focused on bringing coal projects to market in complex geological settings, through innovative approaches to exploration and resource development.

ABBY COUSINS

Senior Exploration Geologist

Abby started with North Coal in 2015 as a seasonal contract geologist before becoming a full-time employee in 2018. Her background is primarily in exploration developing green-field projects as well as expansion projects on active mine sites in both Canada and Australia.
Along with her numerous years of exploration experience, she has an extensive health and safety background in multiple industries, including mining and manufacturing. This experience includes auditing and creating company level health and safety management systems.

PATTY VADNAIS

Manager of Social Responsibility
and External Relations 

Patty has over ten-years of management experience and an M.Sc. Management, Policy and Strategy from the University of Lethbridge. She is a community builder and is skilled in bringing diverse groups together to identify and move towards shared goals. 

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Who We Are 

North Coal Limited is a Canadian resource company based in Sparwood, British Columbia dedicated to providing a long-term source of steel-making coal for global markets.

We operate with a small, dedicated and expert team led by seasoned mining and environmental professionals. Our leadership team has decades of experience and expertise in a variety of resource-related disciplines including mining operations, coal production, permitting, water and wildlife management, reclamation, government affairs, community relations, First Nations engagement and economic development, among other areas.

Our current operational staff live and work in communities where we operate, regularly engage with local residents, and support community development. All staff follow responsible mining and environmental practices embracing continuous improvement to manage risks and effectively minimize the impacts of our activities. We work to understand the socio-economic challenges of our communities and target our social investment programs to improve the quality of life in areas where we operate.

Governance Structure

North Coal Ltd., a private company, is governed by a four-person Board of Directors (Board). The Board is responsible for setting the economic, environmental, and social strategy of the company and delegates authority to the Executive Director who oversees the implementation of economic, environmental, and social principles at the company level.

The President and team execute the mission, vision, and values endorsed by the Board. This includes consultation with stakeholders on economic, environmental, and social topics. The consultation activities are reported to the Board through monthly reports and bi-monthly board meetings. The Board reviews and signs off on the annual sustainability report.

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